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Kenya's Displaced People [Photos from the Field]
February 5, 2008
By The IRC
|Photo: Anna Husarska/The IRC|
|openDemocracy today published a photo essay by IRC senior policy adviser Anna Husarska: A month of fear and violence following the disputed presidential election has left tens of thousands of Kenyans homeless, displaced and traumatised. Their desperate need is highlighted in Anna Husarska's images and commentary from the frontline of the International Rescue Committee's relief-work. Anna says of the image above: These triplets — Karen, Dorgas and Deborah — are 5 years old. Their mother, Jennifer, fled with the girls, while the father went to hide with the three older brothers at the neighbours' home. Later the family was reunited in the relative safety of a makeshift camp in the showground of Kitale, the provincial capital. When they escaped from their village in the Rift Valley it was burning; four people were shot and two hacked to death. They fled at 5 am, and Jennifer asked the girls to quickly put on their best clothes. But these cute white dresses may not be the most practical attire in their new life as displaced persons. Full photo essay on openDemocracy You can read the latest news on relief efforts in Kenya at theIRC.org|